Three lawa makers are now in the fore front of the race to become the new Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly (BAHA). The position became vacant following the appointment of the former Speaker Honourable Babayo Garba Gamawa as the Deputy Governor of the state.
THISDAY investigations revealed that the struggle to take over from Gamawa, who became Deputy Governor after the impeachement of his predecessor, Garba Muhammad Gadi, is becoming hotter by the day.
Whoever wins among the contenders, former Speaker, Hon. Dauda Haliru Jika from Ganjuwa Local Government area of the state, Hon. Abdulmumini Hassan, representing Ningi Constituency who is also the Majority Whip and Hon. Dayyabu Chiroma, the Majority Leader, representing Darazo Constituency, would be serving as the third speaker under Governor Yuguda’s administration.
A member of the State House of Assembly who wants to remain anonymous, told our correspondent that Jika wants to return to his former position from where he was initially removed due to what his colleagues described as youthful exuberance and inexperience.
However, our source would not comment on whether he has acquired more experience to guide him in the legislative Assembly, but pointed out that the state governor seems to be favourably disposed to his candidatureg against stiff opposition from his colleagues.Jika’s colleagues, according to our source, accused him of isolating himself, lack of experience and also refusing to give them from contracts he was alleged to have won from government.
THISDAY also gathered that the Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Yakubu Lame, is also supporting him, however, reports say that the state governor ”wants to firmly entrench his leadership of the party in the state by appointing his own loyalist as speaker.”
The source described Chiroma as “a polished man, very articulate in his presentation and analysis on issues in the Assembly, but the governor may not support his candidature because he is not a person that can be easily manipulated.”All three, including Hassan, are making contacts to influence their nomination.